Year of Call: 2012
Tony joined Central Chambers in April 2018 following an offer to undertake common law pupillage and is currently completing his second six, specialising in criminal law under the supervision of Benjamin Knight.
Before commencing pupillage, Tony obtained experience in many diverse and complex areas of law. He has worked as a freelance County Court advocate, representing clients before District Judges across the North West daily in a wide range of civil applications. He later joined a local Citizens Advice Bureau as a debt caseworker, drawing from his previous court experience to advise and represent clients in one of the most deprived communities in Greater Manchester. Tony has also worked as a paralegal in the General Medical Council’s in-house legal team, assisting with fitness to practise investigations and Medical Practitioners Tribunal proceedings.
Tony therefore brings a wealth of experience with him to the Bar in fields including crime, contract, commercial, housing (including rent & mortgage possession), insolvency, personal injury, regulatory & professional discipline, welfare benefits, enforcement proceedings, and costs.
During his first six months of pupillage Tony obtained a great deal of experience assisting in the preparation and conduct of hearings in the criminal courts. Tony shadowed barristers prosecuting and defending at trials before Magistrates’ Courts and worked on cases at the Crown Court involving allegations of serious violence, drugs and sexual offences.
Since starting on his feet in October 2018 Tony has expanded on his diverse advocacy and advisory experience in practice. He has appeared in Magistrates’ Courts, Youth Courts, the County Court and the Crown Court dealing with a range of allegations including road traffic offences, anti-social behaviour, offences against public order and domestic violence. Tony is keen to continue building upon his rapidly-developing skills and experience during the remainder of his Second Six. To instruct Tony, please contact his clerks.
R v EH (2018) – Defending
Defendant charged with assault, affray, and having a bladed article in a public place. Negotiations resulted in the Crown offering no evidence in relation to the bladed article (the most serious charge on the indictment). Defendant pleaded guilty to the remaining charges and received a community order where sentencing guidelines indicated a custodial sentence.
R v CT (2019) – Defending
Defendant accused of threats to kill and assaults in a domestic violence context. Complainant did not attend at trial. Prosecution sought to rely on an account given on body-worn video as res gestae. Successfully argued (in accordance with Wills ) that the Prosecution should not be permitted to rely upon res gestae as there appeared to be no good reason for the Complainant’s absence. The Prosecution were forced to offer no evidence and the Defendant was acquitted of all charges.
R v JB (2018) – Defending
Plea-in-mitigation for driving with excess alcohol. Successfully persuaded the Magistrates to depart from sentencing guidelines to impose a fine as opposed to a high-level community order.
R v TD (2018) – Defending
Defendant guilty of using a mobile phone whilst driving who was facing a 6-month disqualification. Successfully argued that this would cause exceptional hardship and prevented the Defendant from being disqualified.
R v DXR (a company) (2019) – Defending
Defendant company on trial for failing to give information as to the identify of the driver of a vehicle under s.172 Road Traffic Act 1988. Defendant was acquitted.
Salford City Council v CA (2018) – Respondent
Represented the operator of a local taxi licensing firm before the Licensing Regulatory Panel. Successfully persuaded the Panel that the operator remained a fit and proper person to hold an operator’s licence.
Memberships and Appointments
2007 –2010: Bangor University
LLB Law (Hons) – First Class
2011 –2012: Nottingham Trent University
BPTC – Very Competent
Outstanding results in Criminal Litigation, Civil Litigation, and Opinion Writing
What Tony’s Clients say:
Mr Anthony Williams was very professional and sympathetic in my case. Mr Williams went through all the procedure to the start to the. Without [Tony] standing up for us we don't know what would have happened. Without his assistance I don't think the outcome would have been as good as it turned out to be.
I was represented in Northallerton Court facing a 6-month totting up ban. Several emails and telephone conversations later and a court appearance and I still have my licence. I am extremely happy with the outcome of the case and would wholeheartedly recommend Anthony Williams for any driving offences that you're facing.
I was represented at Leeds Magistrates Court today 03/11/18 by Tony Williams, I found him to be highly professional and honest with me, my personal opinion is that Tony did an outstanding job for me today in court and I am more than satisfied.
Tony provided great counsel during a road traffic case raised against my business. He presented our case well, got into the detail, and the representation was excellent. A just and fair outcome of not guilty was reached.
Very professional and informative in relation to my case. Happy with the outcome of my case and my representation. Thank you.
“Throughout his first six, Tony has been given ongoing advocacy assessment and training, significantly in excess of the minimum required by the Bar Standards Board and Bar Council. He has taken a hands-on role in case preparation and analysis. I have been very impressed with his ability. In short, I rate him.” – Benjamin Knight
Articles by Tony Williams include:
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